When a new kid named Nina arrives at school, Georgia soon learns that Nina doesn’t believe in dragons. Which makes Georgia sad, and a little bit cross, because her friend, Trouble is a dragon. Worse, though, when Trouble finds out someone doesn’t believe in him, he starts to change. Georgia needs to find a way to get Nina to believe.
Trouble and the New Kid is the third story featuring trouble and Georgia, but sits well on its own for those new to the series. Georgia is a wonderful heroine, warm hearted, but often in trouble at school. Trouble, too, is fun and the concept behind the series is wonderful.
Illustrated with greay scale illustrations by the whimsical Stephen Michael King, Trouble and the New Kid will appeal to junior primary aged readers and anyone who loves whimsy.
Trouble and the New Kid, by Cate Whittle
review by Sally Murphy, children’s author, reviewer and poet